Application Process for residence permit applications for an employed person

1. The employee initiates the application. 2. Partial decision of TE Office. 3. Decision of the Finnish Immigration Service. 4. Notification of a decision by the Finnish diplomatic mission or the Immigration Service. 5. Section two, the right to appeal.

Submitting the application

The application for a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL) can only be submitted by the employee. The residence permit application is submitted electronically through the Enter Finland service or by submitting the relevant papers to a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If the employee is in Finland, the application may be submitted at any a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. If the application has been submitted electronically, the applicant must visit a Finnish mission or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove his or her identity and present the original copies of the appendices to the application. If an extended residence permit has been applied for in the Enter Finland service, the applicant does not have to visit a service point to prove his or her identity and leave his or her fingerprints if strong electronic authentication has been used.

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A residence permit application for an employed person must always be submitted along with the appendix form of the TE Office TEM054 in which the employer assures the key terms conditions of the employment relationship as required by the Aliens Act. The above form must be signed by the employer. The TEM054 appendix form attached to the application is electronically available to the TE Office and it does not need to be submitted separately to the TE Office. The TEM054 form lists the attachments that are most commonly needed to process a residence permit application. Attaching the listed attachments to an application will speed up the processing of the application at the TE Office.

Partial decision of the TE Office

A residence permit application for an employed person is processed in two stages. The TE Office makes the partial decision on the matter, after which the final residence permit decision is made by the Finnish Immigration Service.

The processing time of applications in TE Offices varies regionally according to the workload. Possible additional clarifications required from the employer and/or applicant might prolong the process. Each time the TE Office has to request further information or missing documents from the employer, the processing of the application is interrupted. Therefore, please ensure that all the appendices mentioned in the TEM054 form have been delivered along with the application.

The TE Office’s partial decision is based on overall assessment, which includes assessing the availability of labour, the terms of the employment relationship and both the employer’s and employee’s prerequisites. The employee’s income through gainful employment must also be secured.

Further information on TE Office's partial decision

Service of the decision by the Finnish Immigration Service

The Finnish Immigration Service will notify the applicant of both the final residence permit decision and the partial decision made by the TE Office.

The employer also always receives at least the partial decision and is informed of the outcome of the final residence permit decision.

Right of appeal

Appeals to the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service may be lodged with the Administrative Court. Both the applicant and the employer have the right to appeal. The employer can only appeal the partial decision. If the employer intends to make an appeal on the employee's residence permit decision, the employer must have a written power of attorney issued by the employee for that purpose.

Instructions on how to appal will be attached to the decision you receive. The instructions specify which Administrative Court you may appeal to, the appeal period, the attachments needed, and the ways you may submit your appeal to the Administrative Court.

Further information on appeals (